Suicide Rates Have Soared in the U.S.

“The average annual percent increase in the age-adjusted suicide rate was about 1 percent per year from 1999 through 2006 but increased to 2 percent per year from 2006 through 2014,” the team at NCHS, part of the CDC, said.

“In 2014, the age-adjusted rate for males (20.7) was more than three times that for females (5.8).”

The study itself looks at numbers — specifically suicide rates — and not reasons for the suicides. Depression is a leading cause of suicide. Researchers have also linked suicide with economic and social pressures. Researchers have found teenage suicide “clusters” may be related to media and social discussion of other suicides.